AppleWorks 6.1, released on March 24 only to be removed from Apple's servers is available once again.

New features include DataViz MacLink translators – these enable users to view, modify, share and exchange Microsoft Office documents.

AppleWorks combines word processing, page-layout, image-manipulation, spreadsheet, database and presentation functions in a single application. A special education version of the application is available for US educators, including a library of Internet-based education-specific templates.

Cheryl Vedoe, Apple’s vice president of Education Marketing and Solutions, said: "With support for both Mac and Windows machines and translators for Word and Excel, AppleWorks now has even greater flexibility for use in schools.”

AppleWorks 6.1 is available for Mac OS 9.x and as a Mac OS X-compatible preview version. AppleWorks 6.1 also works well in networked environments.

An updater is available immediately as a free download for Mac users with a US English version of AppleWorks 6.0.4 installed. It's a timed demo version that will expire on September 1, 2001. The final product is expected to ship later this spring.